Resolution sought for Cloughreagh bin collection problems

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Fews area Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that a remedy must be found to the issue of refuse bins not being emptied in sections of John F Kennedy Park in Cloughreagh. The local Councillor explained, “This is a problem that is increasing throughout the Newry & Mourne area. “The issue is that streets are becoming impassible for the Council Refuse Lorries due to the narrowness of streets and increased vehicles parked on those streets. When this happens the bins are not emptied. This causes distress for residents and frustration with Council services. Roisin continued, “Parking restrictions and the introduction of a one way system are potential long term resolutions to this ongoing problem. However that takes time, consultation and agreement. “I do not accept that residents, some of them elderly, should have to pull their bins several hundred yards to be left out on the main Cloughreagh Park Road, a suggestion coming from Council Officials. “Newry & Mourne Council do have smaller vehicles which collects refuse and I have suggested that given that this area is a “hotspot” for our larger vehicle, the smaller collection lorry should be timetabled to empty the bins there. This practice needs to be applied to other such hotspots.” The Councillor has confirmed that she will meet with Council Officers and Roads Service staff to discuss the ongoing problem.
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